Category Archives: Dramatica

A Story Is An Argument

By Melanie Anne Phillips There are two principal forms of story structure: the tale and the story. A tale is a statement – a statement that ‘this leads to this lead to that’ and ‘here’s how it ended up’. Using … Continue reading

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Dramatica and Natural Language A. I. Systems

By Melanie Anne Phillips Over the years, there has been considerable discussion as to whether Dramatica’s rather complex storyforming process could be operated by a natural language artificial intelligence system that could read a story and parse the text to … Continue reading

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Structuring Your Story’s Limit

By Melanie Anne Phillips In order to create tension in your audience, you will want to establish a limit to the story. This limit will indicate to the audience what will bring the story to a moment of truth, either … Continue reading

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Secrets of Story Structure #1 – Introduction

By Melanie Anne Phillips Here in part one of my “classic” 43 part audio program on story structure from the early 1990s, Chris and I introduce ourselves as co-creators of the Dramatica theory of Story Structure, and outline the subjects … Continue reading

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Introducing the Story Mind (Revisited)

By Melanie Anne Phillips Here’s a flashback video from 1999 – the very first comprehensive video recorded explanation about the Dramatica theory!  Check out my retrospective notes below the video. Okay, here’s what this looks like to me seventeen years … Continue reading

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Your Main Character – Do Be Do Be Do…

By Melanie Anne Phillips This article is excerpted from some text I wrote in the Dramatica Story Structure Software.  It describes an important difference between Main Characters who try to solve problems by doing things vs. those who are more internal … Continue reading

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The Primary Colors of Story Structure

By Melanie Anne Phillips The primary colors enable you to create the whole range of shading and tonalities you are trying to achieve in a picture. Similarly, the primary colors of story structure enable you to create the specific mood … Continue reading

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Using Dramatica for Interactive Fiction (IF)

My response to a Dramatica user who asked about the applicability of the theory for creative interactive fiction narratives: Here’s the gist of using Dramatica for IF (we have made a number of presentations on this to various companies over … Continue reading

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How do you import a Word document into Dramatica?

Quick answer: You can copy and paste text from any Word document into any question in Dramatica. But, having said that, there is no reason to import a complete story or Word document into Dramatica. Dramatica is not a word … Continue reading

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Dramatica – Part 1

Introduction To understand story structure we must understand writers, for it is they who created it. Story structure represents our quest for truth and meaning. In this regard, it reflects the structure of music and art as well. What’s more, … Continue reading

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